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Artist brief: Bow Skills Artists' Commission

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 (All day)

Bow Skills Professional Development Programme
Artist brief: Bow Skills Lab Artists' Commission

Fee: £200 + £20 materials


After the successful pilot in 2015, we are continuing our dynamic and relevant programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  It is led by Bow Arts’ artist Elizabeth Murton, in consultation with an artists' steering group and informed by artist feedback. We are designing a programme with and for our community of artists to help them develop their careers; this commission allows artists to generate and contribute their own session as part of the programme.

The Bow Skills Programme overall aim: Provide a relevant and useful programme of CPD for artists to learn new skills and/or knowledge they can apply to their own practice and/or career.

Aim of this Bow Labs Commission is to provide opportunities:

  • For facilitating artists to use their own skills to develop innovative CPD sessions
  • For participants to learn new skills and/or knowledge
  • For participants to attend a session not commonly available through other CPD programmes

The Call:

We are seeking artists who want to share existing skills from their own practice to generate an interesting and innovative session. It is an opportunity to share something you value in your practice. It may be a skill you have already shared through arts education or an event, and importantly something you feel can be useful and meaningful to other artists. There are 2 commissions available, the ultimate decision will be made on the quality of final submissions by the steering group and we may choose to commission only 1. If successful we will ask you for an informal interview.


  • Location: artist can use Bow spaces including: 
    • The private outdoor Courtyard on Bow Road. This is partly covered and there will be access to water and a toilet. It is available daytime at weekends.
    • Nunnery Gallery is available evenings or Mondays
  • You are welcome to use other spaces but there are no funds for other locations
  • Fee covers evening or ½ day session and ½ day prep + small materials budget
  • Artists need to have their own public liability insurance
  • Ideally the session should be for 20 artists (there will be a small fee to attend)

What we are looking for:

  • Something new – and not repeated else where in London
  • Relevant to artists at any career stage
  • Artists are active participants (not a talk or dry seminar)
  • A session that is creative and/or playful
  • An innovative use of your skills/practice
  • We are open to new ideas: it could be a new concept for CPD
  • All practices considered including those not yet defined
  • It must be realistic and achievable in the time and budget

Artists Role:

  • To develop and run an afternoon or evening CPD session for artists
  • Liaise with programme coordinator on behalf of Bow Arts when developing the workshop this will include:
    • provide copy and images for PR
    • provide lesson plan before the session
    • a touchbase phone-call 3 or 4 weeks before the session
  • To prepare all worksheets/materials and handout needed for the session
  • To collect evaluation forms off participants
  • Undertake a risk assessment in advance of the activities

Bow Arts will:

  • Advertise and promote the session
  • Organise bookings
  • Provide evaluation forms
  • Provide space for the workshop (within limits above)

Artists Skills and Qualities:

  • Experience running events/workshops with adults or similar
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills
  • A strong, active artistic practice

How to Apply:

Please submit a written proposal (no more than two sides of A4) to the email address below by midnight Tuesday 22h March 2016 including:

  • Why would you like to run this session and what you would bring to it
  • Outline your session, number of attendees, aims and objectives
  • Evidence how your practice relates to what you will share
  • Evidence how your previous work demonstrates your skills in delivering the session
  • Email this, with your CV and up to 4 images and any website links (1mb total) to with Bow Lab submission in the title

The decision:

The Bow Skills Lab steering group will be meeting at the end of March to decide. This group consists Bow Arts studio and education artists, and members of Bow Arts staff.

Key dates for 2015:

  • Deadline:  midnight Tuesday 22h March 2016
  • Results: week commencing 4th April 2016
  • Workshop completed between June and October 2016


Contact Email:
Wednesday, March 9, 2016